Monday, 24 March 2014

24th March 2014: MEP hosts 'after the flood' public discussion in Maidstone

One of South East England's Euro-MPs will be in Maidstone this weekend meeting residents affected by recent floods.

Keith Taylor, the Green Party's MEP for Kent, will be in Maidstone on Saturday 29th March. He is inviting local residents to join him on Clifford Way at 3.30pm to discuss the issues facing the area after the heavy rain earlier this year.

Mr Taylor has pledged to take residents concerns to the relevant authorities such as Kent County Council and the Environment Agency.

Mr Taylor is also gathering signatures on a petition which urges the Government to reverse cuts in the Environment Agency to protect people from future floods.

Ahead of going to Maidstone on Saturday Mr Taylor said:

“Across my constituency, people were hit by these devastating floods. On Saturday I’m hoping to meet people who were affected by floods, and listen to what they think we should be doing to protect ourselves in the future.

It’s clear that the Government’s response to these floods wasn’t good enough, and it’s vital that we learn lessons for the future. It also seems likely that this kind of weather event will become more frequent because of climate change.

I’d encourage everyone in the area to come along on Saturday to talk together about where we go from here and how we protect homes in Maidstone and beyond from floods.”

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